China also launched a return capsule on an eight-day trip around the moon in October 2014, a mission known as Chang'e 5T1. One theory, according to Li, is that the mantle consists of equal parts olivine and pyroxene, rather than being dominated by one or the other. Updated 0649 GMT (1449 HKT) January 4, 2019 Beijing (CNN) In a historic first, China has landed a rover on the far side of the moon, state media announced Thursday, a huge milestone for … Did the aurora borealis play a role in sinking the Titanic? (celestial coordinate system). The mission would come two years after the failure of the second launch. China’s Chang’e-4 mission touched down near the south pole on the lunar far side on January 3, 2019, the first spacecraft ever to land intact on this largely unexplored region of the moon. [China's Moon Missions Explained (Infographic)], Chang'e 4 is just the latest step in China's robotic lunar-exploration program, which is named after a moon goddess in Chinese mythology. Follow us @Spacedotcom or Facebook. This is backed up by the latest available imagery from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel 2B Earth observation satellite showing the two 100-meter-long ships moored on June 3. The mission touched down on Jan. 2, 2019. The study detailing its findings was published Wednesday in the journal. Your email address is used only to let the recipient know who sent the email. Space is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. This site uses cookies to assist with navigation, analyse your use of our services, and provide content from third parties. Humanity just planted its flag on the far side of the moon. Impact craters are how researchers can learn more about the moon's evolution and how it formed. China's space agency has said the mission "lifted the mysterious veil" from the far side of the moon, which is never seen from Earth, and "opened a new chapter in human lunar exploration". The Long March 5 was not among other Long March series launch vehicle models showcased at the ongoing Paris Airshow by the China Great Wall Industry Corp., a CASC subsidiary. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Today’s best deals: Early Prime Day deals, 30¢ black face masks, Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, huge kitchen sale, more, House Democrats are begging the Senate to approve new stimulus checks, Airline in Italy came up with a clever coronavirus strategy to make flying safer, A rocket booster from the 1960s may have come back to haunt us, iPhone 12 launch event reportedly set for October 13th, Believe it or not, Lysol spray and wipes are back on Amazon, 10 early Prime Day deals you can only get if you have Prime, Forget Prime Day, this memory foam mattress with 32,000 5-star reviews is down to $99. For all of the jokes suggesting the moon is made of cheese, researchers have actually been trying to understand the composition of the lunar mantle, which exists between the crust and the core. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2'); }); "Afternoon nap is over, waking up and getting moving," the Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) posted on the Twitter-like Weibo. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no Our image of the day, On This Day in Space: Sept. 23, 1962: 'The Jetsons' premieres on ABC. You can be assured our editors closely monitor every feedback sent and will take appropriate actions. Unlike the near side of the moon that offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is mountainous and rugged. This site uses cookies to assist with navigation, analyse your use of our services, and provide content from third parties. (CNN) China's Chang'e-4 mission, the first to land on the far side of the moon, is shedding light on one of the moon's biggest mysteries, according to a new study. NY 10036. The content is provided for information purposes only. For example, dark volcanic plains called "maria" cover much of the near side but are nearly absent on the far side. An investigation identified the problem to be a fault with the. China also has ambitions for crewed lunar missions, but its human-spaceflight program is focused more on Earth orbit in the short term. The Long March 5 had a successful first flight in late 2016 but suffered a failure in early July 2017. "Could the predictions of an olivine-rich lunar mantle be incorrect?". As asteroids and space junk crashed into the surface of the moon, they cracked through the crust and kicked up pieces of the lunar mantel. Because of this "tidal locking," we only ever see one face of the moon, which we call the near side.